International experts in the field of technology met on 4 March to assess the growing role of technology in dementia as part of the dementia landscape project series. Chaired by Jeremy Hughes and Dr Vaibhav Narayan, the global dialogue included over 45 prominent figures from industry, academia, and not-for-profit organizations to look at advances that have been made as well as identify areas where technology can continue to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their caregivers.
Dr Amanda Lazar, (Assistant Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland) introduced the topic of technology in prevention and the maintenance of brain health, Professor David Sharp (Professor of Neurology, Imperial College London) addressed technology to maintain and improve daily function, and Dr Allison Sekuler (Vice President, Research, Baycrest Health Sciences Center) talked about technology that assists in the provision of patient-centred health and social care.
The global dialogues in the series are being held to help track progress made since the world’s first G8 dementia summit was held in 2013 in London. It was here that the international community of top scientists in the field, research funders, pharmaceutical companies and governments committed to accelerate the research agenda and deliver the first disease-modifying treatment by 2025 (a primary aim of the 2025 goals).